Definition of


  1. (adj, all) being very thin
    a long scrawny neck
  2. (adj, all) inferior in size or quality
    scrubby cut-over pine
    old stunted thorn trees

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Scrawny

Derivations: scrawniness

Origin of the word Scrawny

  1. 1833, apparently a dialectal variant of scranny "lean, thin" (1820), which is of uncertain origin, perhaps from O.N. skr?lna "to shrivel." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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